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    Posted on Dec. 29, 2015

    A Chair Lift Broke Down In Banff And Skiers Had To Rappel Down Ropes

    At least the view was nice.

    If there's any upside to being left dangling on a broken chair lift in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, it's that the view doesn't suck.

    Banff Sunshine Village / Via Facebook: SunshineVillageResort

    About 100 people had to shimmy down ropes after a chair lift broke down Sunday at Banff Sunshine Village, a ski resort in Alberta.

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    It took several hours for crews to get everyone back on the ground. Mark Pawley, who was among those stranded, wrote on Facebook that the rescue team worked quickly as people shivered in their seats.

    "Banff Sunshine Village, I'm proud of you and your personnel, and never regret being a season pass holder. You guys rock."

    Mark Pawley

    Pawley posted a video on YouTube showing the people in front of him getting lowered to the ground.

    View this video on YouTube

    Once on the ground, those stuck on the lift were treated to hot chocolate and complimentary passes.

    Sunshine Village later updated to say there was a gearbox failure on the Goat's Eye Express lift, caused by a "brand new" oil pump. The lift is closed until further notice.

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